Editorial: Federal Evildoers 9/6/02

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David Borden, Executive Director, [email protected], 9/6/02

Last week I editorialized against the attacks on pain doctors and patients by police and prosecutors overzealously pursuing opioids (narcotics). Unfortunately, there are other drug war crimes against patients going on and escalating as well.

The past three weeks have seen a major escalation of raids and arrests in California's medical marijuana war. Despite DEA chief Asa Hutchison's lies to the contrary, the DEA (along with other federal agencies) is in fact targeting patients and small medical marijuana growers at an increasing rate.

  • In Mendocino County, federal prosecutors have charged a disabled medical marijuana patient and his caregiver for a mere 27 plants.
  • In Orange County, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has arrested a medical marijuana patient for legally owning a handgun, stowed safely in a closet, while possessing marijuana.
  • In Butte County, DEA agents tore up a medical marijuana patient's mere six plants, despite pleas from a state DA to leave her alone.
The persecution has escalated against providers as well. Only yesterday, Valerie and Mike Corral of the Women's Alliance for Medical Marijuana in Santa Cruz had been dragged off in handcuffs, their garden destroyed. WAMM serves 300 seriously ill patients. Some of them are terminal, and thanks to the DEA, they will have to waste portions of the scarce time left to them on the street, seeking their medicine from the underground at high price.

I'm proud to say I've met Valerie Corral. But I would gain no such pride in meeting the federal evildoers who have perpetrated this. I'm not referring to the rank-and-file agents, who are just as likely confused as evil. I'm referring to the decision-makers. They are not public servants; they are cruel tyrants consuming the lives of patients and friends of patients for political or bureaucratic gain. And they have betrayed the will of the people, who support medical marijuana patients and want law enforcement to protect them from terrorists, not persecute the nation's weakest and most vulnerable.

History will judge those who do evil as evil, it will judge tyranny and oppression as such, guise or veil of law notwithstanding. Seeking and using medicine is a fundamental human right, and no Bob Barr or Asa Hutchison or John Ashcroft can change that. The government must cease its immoral attacks on patients now.

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